LibriVox recording of The Growth of Love by Robert Bridges. Read in English by Algy Pug Robert Bridges, who appointed Poet Laureate in 1913, published three versions of his sonnet sequence, The Growth of Love: 1876 - 24 sonnets 1889 - 79 sonnets 1898 - 69 sonnets The second edition, which is the subject of this recording, was re-published in 1894, with an extensive introduction from another celebrated poet, Lionel Johnson.
The title of the work is a little misleading, as it suggests a process of development, a deepening understanding, by which one arrives at a more comprehensive appreciation of the mysterious entity which we call love. In fact, Bridge's journey is a meandering, rather than a goal-oriented path. Each sonnet is a window through which the poet gazes at one of the multifarious aspects of a quintessential numinosity which will always escape definition. Bridge's approach is one of gentle and courteous appreciation, observational rather than meditative, and almost completely free from the feeling of striving for salvation or apotheosis. (Summary by Algy Pug) For further information, including links to online text, reader information, RSS feeds, CD cover or other formats (if available), please go to the LibriVox catalog page for this recording.
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